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Longest Running TV Talk Shows

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List of the longest-running TV talk shows in US history. These TV chat series have more episodes than any others in American television. Some of the shows ran and have since gone off the air or been canceled, while others remain ongoing and are still being produced. Typically, these shows were collected into "seasons" of television, each with a pre-set amount of episodes. Sometimes, these seasons were broken up, in some cases with years or even decades between production of the series, while still being considered the run of a single TV show. (Spin-offs and other shows that were reinvented and debuted as new series are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running talk shows in US broadcasting history.

The concept of a "talk show" can mean a lot of different things. It's most commonly associated in the US with the late-night variety show, particularly "The Tonight Show" or the "Late Show with David Letterman." However, the concept - sometimes also referred to as a "chat show" - also encompasses daytime TV talk like the offerings from Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres, or even more news-oriented panel discussion formats like "The View" and "Larry King Live." Really, any show with hosts and rotating guests conversing can be considered a talk show, even extending the definition to the "tabloid talk show" made famous by Jerry Springer, or the radio-show-on-television format popularized by Howard Stern.

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  • Larry King Live

    Larry King Live

    Larry King, Ryan Seacrest

    Premiered1985

    25 Seasons. 6120 Episodes.

    Larry King Live is an American talk show that was hosted by Larry King on CNN from 1985 to... more on Wikipedia
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show

    The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus

    Premiered1986

    25 Seasons. 4561 Episodes.
    The Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to simply as Oprah, is an American syndicated talk show... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    Premiered1962

    4531 Episodes.
    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Late Show with David Letterman

    Late Show with David Letterman

    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer

    Premiered2011

    27 Seasons. 4261 Episodes.

    Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. Late Show with... more on Wikipedia
  • The Jerry Springer Show

    The Jerry Springer Show

    Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly

    Premiered2011

    27 Seasons. 3891+ Episodes.

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  • The View

    The View

    Lisa Ling, Meredith Vieira

    Premiered1997

    22 Seasons. 4000 Episodes. Currently in production

    The View is an American talk show and entertainment/infotainment program that has aired on ABC... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks

    Premiered1992

    3775 Episodes.
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Daily Show

    The Daily Show

    Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah

    Premiered1996

    25 Seasons. 3268 Episodes. Currently in production.

    The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 1999) is an American late-night talk and news satire... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss

    Premiered2003

    16 Seasons. 3000 Episodes. Currently in production

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen... more on Wikipedia

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  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien

    Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter

    Premiered1993

    2725 Episodes.
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III

    Premiered2003

    17 Seasons. 2655 Episodes. Currently in production.

    Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by James "Jimmy"... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Howard Stern Show

    The Howard Stern Show

    Howard Stern, Robin Quivers

    Premiered1990

    2278 Episodes.
    The Howard Stern Show was an American late-night television variety show, hosted by radio... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens

    Premiered2005

    9 Seasons. 2058 Episodes.

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dr. Phil

    Dr. Phil

    Jay McGraw

    Premiered2002

    17 Seasons. 2191 Episodes. Currently in production.

    Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Talk

    The Talk

    Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood

    Premiered2010

    9 Seasons. 1385 Episodes. Currently in production.

    The Talk is a talk show created by actress Sara Gilbert, who also serves as the executive... more on Wikipedia

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  • Conan

    Conan

    Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Premiered2010

    9 Seasons. 1271 Episodes. Currently in production.

    Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United... more on Wikipedia
  • Late Night with David Letterman

    Late Night with David Letterman

    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer

    Premiered1982

    1819 Episodes.
    Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show

    The Rosie O'Donnell Show

    Vince Vaughn, Claire Forlani

    Premiered1996

    1193 Episodes.
    The Rosie O'Donnell Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Premiered2014

    6 Seasons. 1077 Episodes. Currently in production.

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy... more on Wikipedia

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  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Jimmy Fallon, The Roots

    Premiered2009

    5 Seasons. 969 Episodes.

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show that aired weeknights at... more on Wikipedia
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Seth Meyers, The 8G Band with Fred Armisen

    Premiered2014

    6 Seasons. 845 Episodes. Currently in production

    Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show that airs at 12:37 am... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder

    The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder

    Tom Snyder, Kate Mulgrew

    Premiered1995

    4 Seasons. 777 Episodes.

    The Late Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. It first... more on Wikipedia
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste

    Premiered2015

    4 Seasons. 756 Episodes. Currently in production.

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

    The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

    Craig Kilborn, Kip Madsen

    Premiered1999

    5 Seasons. 1190 Episodes.

    The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn is a comedy TV program.
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    James Corden, Reggie Watts

    Premiered2015

    4 Seasons. 641 Episodes. Currently in production.

    The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS, 2015) is an American late-night talk show hosted by... more on Wikipedia

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